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Strength For The Frontlines

Aug. 10, 2021. Watching your church lose its momentum is an awful feeling. It was 2004 when this happened to us. That year our church dropped in attendance by a dramatic 14%, and that metric would continue for several more years. It was sickening. Sunday after Sunday I could see our people looking around at[…]

July 20, 2021. Every human culture is like a pair of glasses; it allows us to see certain things while at the same time blinding us to other things. This is true of family cultures, ethnic cultures, regional cultures, national cultures, and of course church cultures. In other words, you and I are completely blind[…]

July 13, 2021. We are always in the kettle. In other words, there are negative elements going on in our lives that affects us like the frog that won’t jump out of the kettle so long as it is being heated one degree at a time. This highlights the need for the spiritual discipline of[…]

June 29, 2021. Significant amounts of the scriptural narrative captures the heart of church people, but doesn’t have the same affect on the secular population that fill our towns. Many Christians want to talk about things of faith that stirs them, but when they try their neighbors eyes glaze over. However, to assume they are[…]

June 8, 2021. I saw a bumpersticker some years ago that said, “Jesus is Coming Back…Look Busy”! I have laughed over that statement many times since. But in truth, this is no laughing matter. A church that is not busy advancing the Kingdom of Heaven into the darkened places of this world are in ‘mission[…]

June 3, 2021. Anything that doesn’t match Jesus’ words isn’t genuine Christianity, no matter how spiritual it sounds. There are numerous examples of this: false humility, using scripture to control others, offering pious prayers in public for personal validation, just to name a few. That said, there is another popular Christian sentiment today that doesn’t[…]

May 27, 2021. The interaction between our personalities and our spiritual leadership is undeniable. Some aspects of our personality gifts allow us to know what God is up to with great clarity, while other innate instincts blinds us to the divine plans. In short, our inward impulses can both help and hinder our leadership. This[…]

May 20, 2021. There are many scriptural things to focus upon. Each week when we develop our teachings from the Bible, we find a new insight that captures our attention for those days. And that is good. It is a wonderful thing that the scriptures have the ability to grab our attention over and over[…]

May 13, 2021. We live in a physical world, but there are spiritual influences affecting this world. In the last couple years I have witnessed a spirit of hate and division roll into our nation that has separated people in heightened ways on the basis of political party, class, and ethnicity. Further, during this pandemic[…]

May 6, 2021. We have a difficult time recognizing season changes in our lives, spiritual lives, and leadership chapters. At least I do. The momentum of the status quo causes us to wake up each morning with the expectations and assumptions of yesterday. But there comes a time when Summer absolutely gives way to Fall,[…]